Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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On Friday, December 8 Strange Currency and Crossroads are teaming up to remember musician Gregg Allman on the 70th anniversary of his birthday.

Starting at 8:00 p.m., Strange Currency remembers Gregg Allman with music from his catalogue and selections that inspired him. Plus work from Paul Westerberg, Dean Ween and Jackson Browne.

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Monday, December 4

Listen for selections from Dutch progressive rock band Focus’s 1972 release Moving Waves (Focus II) plus music from King Crimson’s 1970 effort Lizard.

Tuesday, December 5

After establishing himself as a force in the world of thrash metal guitar, Alex Skolnick decided to study jazz in the late 1990s. The result? A 2002 collection titled Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation which received a four-and-a-half star (of five) review in the jazz bible Downbeat. The record features Skolnick’s takes on heavy metal classics from Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and others. We’ll hear music from that release on this episode plus selections from Skolnick’s work with the fusion trio Attention Deficit Disorder with bassist Michael Manring and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander (Primus).

Wednesday, December 6

Listen for selections from 2017 release by Team Tremolo and from The World Palestine’s Dik Dik Sounds.

Thursday, December 7

We celebrate the birthday of Tom Waits with music from The Replacements, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Norah Jones and others.

Friday, December 8

We remember musician Gregg Allman on the 70th anniversary of his birthday with music from his catalogue and selections that inspired him. Plus work from Paul Westerberg, Dean Ween and Jackson Browne.

Saturday, December 9

Listen for selections from the new self-titled release by The Dustbowl Revival and from the debut from Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations. 

Monday, December 11

After establishing himself as a force in the world of thrash metal guitar, Alex Skolnick decided to study jazz in the late 1990s. The result? A 2002 collection titled Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation which received a four-and-a-half star (of five) review in the jazz bible Downbeat. The record features Skolnick’s takes on heavy metal classics from Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and others. We’ll hear music from that release on this episode plus selections from Skolnick’s work with the fusion trio Attention Deficit Disorder with bassist Michael Manring and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander (Primus).

Tuesday, December 12

From Silence To Somewhere is the first release in six years from Norwegian progressive rock band Wobbler as well as music from the latest by Caligula’s Horse, In Contact. 

KMUW Music marks the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, December 5 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for a variety of unusual renditions and iconic songs from Disney films.

Rhea Sewell is a Wichita music scene veteran who has played drums and/or sang with a variety of bands including 1/2 Mad Poet, 7/8 Quick and, more recently, False Flag. She also performs as a singer-songwriter.

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Wichita musician Les Easterby releases two new EPs on Friday, Nov. 24. The first is from his longtime project, The World Palestine (Dik Dik Sounds); the second is the debut from his latest guise, The Wichita Flag. Easterby, who has also recorded with The Wonder Revolution, The Royal Palestine and And Academy says that Dik Dik Sounds was the result of a prolonged process during which he wrestled with technological limitations while The Wichita Flag’s eponymous effort was one of the shortest endeavors he’s undertaken.

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Saturday, November 25

The Greatest Gift is a collection outtakes, mixes and demos surrounding Sufjan Stevens’ acclaimed Carrie and Lowell album. Listen for selections from that as well as White Boy and the Average Rat Band’s 1979 self-titled debut, which has just been reissued.

Monday, November 27

We celebrate the birthday of Jimi Hendrix, born on this date 1942. Listen for selections from him with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as well as Band of Gypsys plus a variety of covers.

Tuesday, November 28

Listen for selections from Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit as well as Kurt Vile’s 2013 album Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze.

Wednesday, November 29

Memory of a Cut Off Head is the latest from OCS (Oh Sees). We’ll hear selections from that as well as from Lou Reed’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal.

Thursday, November 30

We preview our December feature on progressive rock with selections from the Levin Brothers, Liquid Tension Experiment and King Crimson, all featuring bassist and Chapman Stick player Tony Levin.

Friday, December 1

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman, U2, Wilco, First Aid Kit and Francis Moss.

Saturday, December 2

When Robert Fripp brought together Bill Bruford, Tony Levin and Adrian Belew together as a band in the early 1980s, his intention was to call the band Discipline. Those plans changed and what emerged instead was a new King Crimson album titled Discipline. We’ll hear from that 1981 release on this episode plus selections from the band’s Tony Levin and Bill Bruford with their own band, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, featuring Chris Botti and David Torn. 

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A.J. Croce has been releasing albums to critical acclaim since the early 1990s. With songs that are steeped in the American traditions of New Orleans, deep blues as well as folk and pop, he has carved a unique space for himself in the musical landscape. Born to singer-songwriters Jim and Ingrid Croce in 1971, the musician had shied away from performing his father’s music until recently.

KMUW Music is celebrating Thanksgiving with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, November 23 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu: Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

The annual Thanksgiving celebration continues on Strange Currency with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

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Friday, November 17

Nexus is the new collaborative effort between Steve Howe of Yes and his son, Virgil. Inspired by jazz, classical and rock music, the collection speaks to each musician’s diversity. We’ll hear music from this release as well as from the band Little Barrie, the band Virgil Howe played drums in until his death in September of this year.

Saturday, November 18

The Moral Crossing is the sophomore release from British group Autobahn. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode as well as selections from the latest by Drew Breskin, Cha-Ching Machine.

Monday, November 20

Acid Tongue is an American-bred garage band heavily influenced by AM-radio soul, folk and psychedelic rock. We’ll hear selections from the band’s latest effort, Babies, on this episode plus music from the debut by Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations.

Tuesday, November 21

We celebrate the birthday of Dr. John with a variety of selections from throughout his career.

Wednesday, November 22

The Security Project is a group formed by ex- Peter Gabriel drummer Jerry Marotta and former King Crimson member Trey Gunn. The band’s focus from the beginning has been the more obscure corners of the Gabriel discography. We’ll hear selections from The Security Project’s latest, Contact as well as music from The Luxembourg Signal’s new effort, Blue Field.

Thursday, November 23

We team up with Global Village and Night Train for our annual Thanksgiving celebration with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

Friday, November 24

One More Crooked Dance is the thirteenth album from singer-songwriter Jules Shear. Recalling the work of Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Neil Young and others. We’ll hear selections from this new recording as well as songs Shear has written for artists such as The Bangles, Til Tuesday and Cyndi Lauper.

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Dan Tedesco grew up loving music, eventually playing and studying jazz as a college student, knowing all along that he wanted to make his living as a performing musician. That life hasn’t always been easy but, as he points out in his documentary film, Chasing The Lightning, his dream hasn’t faded.

Tedesco provides a screening of the film and a live performance on Friday, Nov. 17, at Barleycorn’s.

Jedd Beaudoin: When did the idea to make the film Chasing The Lightning present itself?

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